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I Am Jack

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  122 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
The best-selling I AM JACK is regarded as the go-to book about the issue and the award-winning play has been performed to sell-out audiences in Australia and the US.

Ages: 9+

Jack likes going to school. He enjoys learning new things. George Hamel calls Jack 'Bum Head'. All the kids at school call Jack 'Bum Head'. Jack's in Big trouble ... school is getting dangerous. Nobody
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 3rd 2000 by HarperCollins - AU (first published January 1st 2000)
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Dimity Powell
May 16, 2013 Dimity Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-lit
Did I get bullied at school? (we called it getting teased back then)Damn straight I did. Pretty hard not to be when you don't fit into any particular 'norm'. The question of 'what is normal', is what makes I am Jack such a significant and refreshing book. It quietly insists that there is no 'norm'. Breezy humour works imperceptibly alongside Jack's serious BIG troubles to entertain, move and educate. The end message: bullying and bullies will not be tolerated. Period. I wish there had been books ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Nura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm one of those who judge the book from its cover. Karena eh karena berjudi itu haram... halah, ngaco! Pertama liat buku ini udah bertahun yang lalu, sempet mo beli online, tapi stoknya abis, trus lupa deh... sampai akhirnya di IBF kemarin Serambi kasih diskon jadinya cuma 10rb saja. Yey... akhirnya punya juga.

Kembali ke masalah cover. Gambar covernya unik, warna jaketnya ungu pekat, trus ilustrasinya itu lho yang bikin muncul perasaan gue-harus-punya buku ini. he
Sandra Stiles
Nov 29, 2009 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grades
Jack is like any other middle school student except he has a bit problem. There is a gruop of bullies at his school. Now he is afraid to go to school. The teachers don't seem to see what is happening. His friends are beginning to ignore him and he just can't tell his mom. She has enough problems on her hands without this. Jack holds these secrets in for so long he gets physically sick. Everyone misses the signs. He finds ways to hide, even if it means getting into trouble. His grades are droppin ...more
Jul 10, 2008 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liburan panjang selama berminggu-minggu membuat para pelajar dapat beristirahat sejenak dari rutinitas sekolah. Pelajaran, tugas-tugas, ulangan-ulangan, dan ujian sejenak terlupakan. Liburan ke luar kota menjadi pilihan terfavorit untuk sekedar mencari suasana baru dan me-recharge otak dan tenaga agar lebih segar. Namun liburan tidak akan berlangsung selamanya, karena mulai minggu depan para pelajar ini akan segera memasuki tahun ajaran baru. Tahun ajaran baru bisa saja berarti baju baru, buku b ...more
Jill Smith
Oct 23, 2014 Jill Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great little book, and clearly worthy of the Children's Book Council of Australia Award of Notable Australian Children's Book.

I particularly liked how Susanne portrayed Jack as a boy who thought he had to handle the bulling problem on his own, he felt he was the problem. He was soon to discover he really needed the support of his family, friends, teachers and whole community to stand up to the jibes, name calling, trip ups and abuse. He was not the problem. He had to learn to show the
Feb 07, 2010 ReSti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Belinya ga sengaja heee... Lagi main2 ke toko buku yang selalu diskon, menemukannya buku ini di salah satu tumpukan buku yang harganya lagi miring banget ;) Menurut saya, buku ini perlu dibaca para orang tua, guru, murid-murid, hmmm...sebenarnya lebih tepat siapa pun patut baca :D Saya ga pinter bikin review jadi kasih komen saja tentang buku ini hehe... Apa yang diceritakan bu susanne, yang berdomisili di negara tetangga, menurut saya bisa terjadi di mana saja, kapan saja, disadari atau tidak.. ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Am Jack is a book about a boy who is picked on by the local bully at the elementary school he attends. The story is told from Jack's point of view. He doesn't understand why this is happening to him. What has he done to cause George Hamel to hate him so much? Is this because he beat a jock in a game of handball?

Susanne Gervay does a wonderful job of describing what Jack is going through. She wrote this story after her son, Jack, won his own battle with a local bully. In the book, Jack tried to
This book covers an incredibly important aspect of navigating childhood and adolescence - dealing with bullying. I think the main coping mechanisms used in this book will be helpful for a child who could use some skills to help them navigate bullying situations.[return][return]The solution to the bullying in this story includes a grandiose plan - the whole school cracks down on bullying in one fell swoop. That being said, there are lots of little things that are said and done that offer tactics ...more
Ashley Jacobson
Feb 13, 2016 Ashley Jacobson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So emotional! It's written at an elementary school level, but it tugged at my heart strings as I read about Jack being bullied and over coming it. Great book to read together and learn from!
Feb 09, 2009 James rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All kids at school - especially those having trouble making friends
Recommended to James by: My Mum
I read this book when I was at school. I LOVED it!! I re-read it lots of times annow, as an adult, still hold it near to my heart!
Melissa Riley
May 27, 2014 Melissa Riley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
A really wonderful book the deals with very serious issues. Jack is a lively 11 year old who loves to tell jokes and bother his little sister Samantha. At school, things change. George Hamel, school bully, targets Jack after Jack defeats him in handball. He deals with verbal abuse and ostracism without telling his mother, he doesn't want to bother her. Well written from a young boys perspective without being condescending. I originally read this when I was in grade 6, so when I saw it in the sec ...more
Susanne Gervay
Aug 22, 2010 Susanne Gervay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Am Jack celebrates kids. Unique, valuable kids who deserve the right to take pride in their own special qualities. Bullying takes this right away from them.

In the context of family and school life, I Am Jack sensitively explores how bullying attacks the very basis of a child's self esteem. Bullying isolates and victimises children. I Am Jack shows them that they are not alone and that they can win against bullying.

I Am Jack is children's literature at its most effective. Beautifully written,
Apr 10, 2011 Tanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I would have picked this book from the shelf if I had not read reviews about the title and therefore been curious about the story. I simply don't find its cover appealing - also not after reading the entire book. I also did not know how to feel about the way Jack, the main character, talks about his grandma. But as the story progressed I got more and more drawn into it, to the point where I had tears in my eyes. This is a book that everyone in a school community should read and dis ...more
Jill Williams
Apr 03, 2013 Jill Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book about bullying that incorporates so many different aspects of this so very important topic. The story was written based on the authors own family's experience and incorporates all angles, from not being a bystander, to being the parent of a bullied child, school teachers, peers, and even gives a little of the bully's perspective. I think the biggest part of this book that kids need to hear is the part about not being a bystander. We need to teach kids to stand up, not on ...more
Sep 02, 2010 Martina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers, all school age children, psychologist :)
Shelves: childrens-book
Don't judge a book by its cover ^^

Pertama liat buku ini di deretan buku diskonan, sampulnya rada culun, review di bagian belakangnya juga tidak terlalu menarik, tapi setelah dibaca, aku merasakan efek kayak habis baca chicken soup for the soul :D :D

Cerita yang penuh humor segar ini (sampe ketawa di kereta) ternyata membawakan tema yang sangat penting, dan menceritakan tentang fakta yang sering kali terjadi dalam kehidupan anak-anak di sekolah: bulliying. Bagaimana Jack (tokoh cerita ini) bergul
Jul 13, 2015 Marisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this one. 4.5 stars.
Very simplified plot line - Jack is being horribly bullied. He must work with his mother and teachers to find a solution. I love that he doesn't run away, he doesn't fine another school to escape his problems. I love that the grown ups in his life, once they find out what's going on, they unquestionably have his back. I love that there are no easy answers and no simple, two dimensional characters. Cried pretty hard in a couple parts.
Possibly because his new haircut is a little different and because his mother is a single mom, Jack suddenly finds himself the butt of jokes at school as well as escalating violence and cruelty from school bully George Hamel. When the teachers seem unable or unwilling to do anything about the bullying and Jack can't bring himself to bother his mother with it, his friend Anna take things into her own hands. The school develops a zero-tolerance on bullying and takes action to stop the namecalling. ...more
KayLynn Zollinger
Jan 12, 2016 KayLynn Zollinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I was so impressed with this book. It covers bullying, which is a super hard topic to discuss for many people. But it does it in a mature way but while still staying applicable to children of pretty young ages. I love how they handle the bullying situation and think the ending is really sweet. (Spoiler alert: They even go so far as to show the bully as a human who was being mean to other kids because his own life was hard.) Great book for kids!
Heather Gallagher
Sep 15, 2014 Heather Gallagher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am Jack is a good read about a boy struggling to cope with bullying. The reader particularly empathises with Jack as he tries to keep the fact he is being bullied a secret and tries to deal with it himself. The pro-active best friend who comes to his rescue and the pro-active parents and school were inspiring.
Angie C
Feb 11, 2016 Angie C rated it it was amazing
This is the first I Am Jack book i've read and every kid has to read it, and every parent too. Jack is a kid you know and when he's bullied breaks your heart but he wins because he's a fantastic kid and his family and friends and school support him in the end.
Decent book on bullying, but some of the passages really age the book. I do, however, like that the solution to the bullying problem is not a simple one and that the main character is not forced to resolve the situation on his own.
I finished this book a while ago, and thought I had added my review about it, but I guess not. This book is a great book to talk to children about bullying. It helps the children see another side of the story. Also, it shows the children the parents side and how concerned parents really are. IN the book, the teacher never sees the signs of Jack being bullied until his mom comes and talks to the teacher about the issues. Which, as future teachers, we need to be very involved in what our students ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Ollie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book addresses the issue of bullying. It reveals the aspects of bullying - fear, isolation, loss of friends. The book does make it clear that you are not alone.
Matt Evensen
Aug 14, 2014 Matt Evensen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very relevant and fun writing. Great story for those teachers that have the cluster of those students that are the bully, victim, or bystander.
Payton Saxton
Jun 25, 2015 Payton Saxton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. Very real and harsh realities of bullying that goes unnoticed.
Feb 10, 2014 J.j. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read-aloud with the kiddos, 3.5/5, great book about bullying and a great lead-in to a conversation about it from both perspectives with the kids.
Oct 09, 2015 Karen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Went to see the play at the McCallum Theatre. It was a good production and produced many thoughtful conversations afterward 10/6/15
Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker)
Susanne Gervay wrote I Am Jack after her son Jack was bullied at school. In the story Jack is 11 and being bullied by the thuggish George Hamel. How Jack overcomes his problems is an important story for all kids to read.

Susan P
Feb 10, 2010 Susan P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
This is a quick read, and would be a good source for patrons interested looking for books about bullying. Jack is suffering from terrible headaches and his grades are suffering because he's so stressed about what's going on at school. But he doesn't want to tell his mom b/c as a single parent she's got enough on her plate already. When she finally does find out she is ready to pull Jack out of school. This would be a great book discussion group book.
May 07, 2012 Denise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An okay book about bullying. Focuses not so much on a victim's silence, as on the adults inattention to his efforts to tell and get help. Pretty easy, but somewhat unbelievable solution. At least it might encourage kids to let adults know when they're being bullied, but I think it might be most useful in opening the eyes of adults to what's going on around them and encouraging THEM to be willing to step in or at least ask questions.
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